December 31, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (credit: Jeremy Ng/Getty Images

Millions Gathering Worldwide To Ring In New Year

Dazzling fireworks lit up Australia’s Sydney Harbor, communist Vietnam held a rare, Western-style countdown to the new year, and Japanese revelers released balloons carrying notes with people’s hopes and dreams as the world ushered in 2011.



Calif. Drivers Face Higher Traffic Fines In 2011

California motorists, already in sticker shock over rising fines for parking and traffic tickets, should prepare for more beginning New Year’s Day, The Los Angeles Times reported Friday.